1990 San Francisco 49ers season

1990 San Francisco 49ers season
Head coach George Seifert
(2nd season)
General manager John McVay and Carmen Policy
(Since 1983)
Owner Eddie DeBartolo, Jr.
(Since 1977)
Home field Candlestick Park
Record 14–2
Division place 1st NFC West
Playoff finish Won Divisional Playoffs (Redskins) 28–10
Lost NFC Championship (Giants) 13–15
Pro Bowlers
AP All-Pros

The San Francisco 49ers entered the 1990 season heavily favoured to win their third consecutive Super Bowl. The season was highlighted by their defeat of the New York Giants on Monday Night Football. Throughout the season, the 49ers and the Giants were the two best teams in the NFL. The 49ers would face off against the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. Between 1988 and 1990, the 49ers set a league record with 18 consecutive road victories. Jerry Rice had a career year by becoming the fourth receiver in the history of American football to have at least 100 receptions in one season.

The 49ers won their fifth consecutive NFC West Division Title. Dating back to 1989, the 49ers completed a fifteen-game unbeaten streak in the regular season (5 victories in the last 5 games of 1989 and 10 victories in the first ten games of 1990). Following the 1990 season, the 49ers left team stalwarts Roger Craig and Ronnie Lott unprotected and let them go to the Los Angeles Raiders via Plan B free agency.

The 49ers were the closest team in NFL history to "three peat" in the Super Bowl, losing in the final seconds on a field goal by the Giants in the NFC Championship Game. The season ended on quite a haunting note, because Roger Craig fumbled with only a few minutes left while the 49ers were driving to score the game clinching touchdown, the ball was recovered by the Giants Lawrence Taylor and they began driving to kick the game winning field goal, they ended up winning 15-13. The words of Pat Summerall "There will be no three peat!" haunt 49ers fans to this day.


NFL Draft

Round # Pick # Player Position College
25San Francisco 49ersDexter CarterRunning BackFlorida State
48San Francisco 49ersDennis BrownDefensive EndWashington
54San Francisco 49ersEric DavisCornerbackJacksonville State
69San Francisco 49ers Ronald LewisWide ReceiverFlorida State
93San Francisco 49ers Dean CaliguireCenterPittsburgh
166San Francisco 49ers Frank PollackTackleNorthern Arizona
221San Francisco 49ers Dwight PickensWide ReceiverFresno State
249San Francisco 49ersOdell HagginsDefensive TackleFlorida State
277San Francisco 49ersMartin HarrisonDefensive EndWashington
290San Francisco 49ersAnthony SheltonSafetyTennessee State



1990 San Francisco 49ers staff
Front office
  • Owner/President – Edward J. DeBartolo, Jr.
  • Executive Vice President/General Counsel – Carmen Policy
  • Vice President of Football Administration – John McVay
  • Administrator of Football Operations – Neal Dahlen
  • Administrator of College Scouting – Tony Razzano
  • Administrator of Pro Personnel – Allan Webb
  • Executive Administrative Assistant – Dwight Clark

Head coaches

Offensive coaches

Defensive coaches

Special teams coaches

  • Special Teams Coordinator – Lynn Stiles

Strength and conditioning

  • Physical Development Coordinator – Jerry Attaway


1990 San Francisco 49ers final roster

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen


Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists

Practice squad

Rookies in italics
Active, 4 Inactive, 2 Practice squad

Regular season


Week Date Opponent Result Attendance
1 September 10, 1990 (Mon) at New Orleans Saints W 13–12
2 September 16, 1990 Washington Redskins W 26–13
3 September 23, 1990 Atlanta Falcons W 19–13
4 49ers suck
5 October 7, 1990 at Houston Oilers W 24–21
6 October 14, 1990 at Atlanta Falcons W 45–35
7 October 21, 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers W 27–7
8 October 28, 1990 Cleveland Browns W 20–17
9 November 4, 1990 at Green Bay Packers W 24–20
10 November 11, 1990 at Dallas Cowboys L 24–6
11 November 18, 1990 Tampa Bay Buccaneers W 31–7
12 November 25, 1990 Los Angeles Rams L 17–28
13 December 3, 1990 (Mon) New York Giants W 7–3
14 December 9, 1990 at Cincinnati Bengals W 20–17 (OT)
15 December 17, 1990 (Mon) at Los Angeles Rams W 26–10
16 December 23, 1990 New Orleans Saints L 10–13
17 December 30, 1990 at Minnesota Vikings W 20–17


NFC West
(1) San Francisco 49ers 14 2 0 .875 4–2 10–2 353 239 W1
(6) New Orleans Saints 8 8 0 .500 4–2 6–6 274 275 W2
Los Angeles Rams 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 345 412 L4
Atlanta Falcons 5 11 0 .313 2–4 3–9 348 365 W2


NFC Divisional Playoff

San Francisco 49ers 28, Washington Redskins 10
1 2 34Total
Redskins 10 0 0010
49ers 7 14 0728

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

NFC Championship Game

New York Giants 15, San Francisco 49ers 13
1 2 34Total
Giants 3 3 3615
49ers 3 3 7013

at Candlestick Park, San Francisco

Just like the regular season game between the two teams won by the 49ers 7–3 the championship game was mostly a defensive battle. San Francisco running back Roger Craig's fumble with 2:36 left in the game led to Giants kicker Matt Bahr's 42-yard game-winning field goal as time ran out. Bahr was New York's only scorer, as he made 5 out of 6 field goals. Despite not scoring a TD in eight quarters against the 49ers, the Giants moved on to the Super Bowl with their victory.

Awards and Records



  1. "1990 NFL Pro Bowlers". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  2. "1990 NFL All-Pros". Pro-Football-Reference.com.
  3. Associated Press Athlete of the Year (male)
  4. NFL 2001 Record and Fact Book, Workman Publishing Co, New York,NY, ISBN 0-7611-2480-2, p. 440

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